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The following announcement may be of interest to IALSP members:

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 2018/19 for full-time PhD study in the Department of English at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The Fellowship Scheme is funded by the Research Grants Council (RGC) and welcomes applications from across the globe. It covers a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$10,000 per year for three years. PolyU will award the same provision for the fourth year of study if applicable.

They welcome qualified applicants interested in the following research areas:

• Language and Professional Communication (including health communication)

• Language Teaching and Learning

• Linguistics, English Language, and Systemic Functional Linguistics

• Media and Communication

• Area Studies and Intercultural Communication


Applicants should check the Departmental webpage for areas of research interest: Please note that the research proposal required as part of the submission is a formal document which should clearly lay out the rationale, methodology, schedule, and impact of their proposed research. In addition, it should clearly align with one of the research interests of a member of our department.

Please refer to RGC’s website and PolyU’s website for details.


Important dates:

(Hong Kong time, GMT+8)

• 1 September 2017 (12.00) – 1 December 2017 (12.00)

   Submission of initial application and research proposal to RGC

• 1 December 2017 (23.59)

   Submission of full application and research proposal to PolyU


If applicants have questions that cannot be answered by referring to the above websites, they may contact Prof Kathleen Ahrens at, Chair of the Departmental Research Committee.

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The Journal of Language and Social Psychology has issued a Call for Papers (CFP) for an upcoming special issue tentatively entitled, “Advice: Integrative Insights”. Erina MacGeorge (Penn State University) will serve as guest editor.

From the CFP: Advice is a ubiquitous form of interpersonal support and influence. Indeed, the advice we exchange with others can be highly consequential, affecting us as recipients and advisors, and shaping both positive and negative outcomes for relationships, groups, and organizations. […] This special issue of the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, tentatively entitled “Advice: Integrative Insights” will showcase scholarship that bridges disciplinary and paradigmatic boundaries to produce greater insight about the structure, function, and outcomes of advice. Manuscripts accepted for the issue will feature empirical research focused on the language and communication of advice—with the requirement that they provide substantive insight through integration of theory from different disciplines or sub-disciplines, methods that extend or bridge traditional paradigms, and/or the examination of advising processes in understudied and consequential domains.

Click here for the full CFP. [PDF]

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for June/July is:

Strekalova, Y., Krieger, J. L., Neil, J., Caughlin, J. P., Kleinheksel, A. J., & Kotranza, A. (2016). I Understand How You Feel: The Language of Empathy in Virtual Clinical Training. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/0261927X16663255.


Effective communication is one of the most fundamental aspects of successful patient care, and it frequently depends on the nurses’ ability to empathize with patients while finding effective ways to translate medical science into personally relevant health information. Skilled nurses are expected to understand the patient’s experiences and feelings and be able to communicate this understanding to the patient, but language strategies used to achieve the goal of empathic communication can vary. In this article, we employed the model of message design logics to evaluate what strategies nursing students (N = 343) used to express empathy during a simulated health history training. The results of this study advance our understanding of what constitutes a high-quality response to the disclosure of personal health history facts. In addition to providing a general framework for understanding empathic responses during health history assessment, the message design logic perspective highlights the differences in linguistic choices in simulated patient–provider conversations.

[Article on ResearchGate]